Museums and Not-For-Profit Organisations

Throughout our four-generation history, Tennants has been privileged to offer wide ranging professional services to sensitively support Museums and Galleries throughout the UK to achieve their changing collection challenges and management or loan objectives.

Our services include:


We act with total discretion to provide industry leading specialists and we achieve strong results for items sold at auction

Appraisals and Valuations

We provide guidance to help balance liabilities and provide a wide range of support, including industry informed appraisals of the collection in general, valuations for auction, loan and insurance purposes and inventory development

Educational and Cultural Support

We are committed to generating and maintaining an open dialogue with new and existing cultural partners, to ensure that we can facilitate their needs for more accessible or relevant collection presentation to the wider public. This approach led us to host our Debut “350 Years of British Art” Exhibition in November 2016, which showcased a number of significant loan works from public institutions, and private individuals. This immensely popular initiative was followed up with a further show “Light and Shadow” held in November 2018, which allowed us to reinforce several existing relationships and forge additional partnerships with lenders such as The Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate, Sheffield Museums and Galleries, York Museums Trust, Derby Museums and The Bowes Museum, County Durham.

Our dedicated aim is to help cultural and educational institutions realise their objectives and responsibilities and we occupy a trusted advisory role with several municipal collections. We further support institutions by collaborating on exciting and accessible displays held at our much visited and respected premises.

In a recently much altered cultural landscape as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic, we remain ready to assist with any collection related needs, re-evaluations of any scale and without obligation.